138 Digital-Only Games to be Lost When PS3, PSP, and PS Vita PlayStation Stores Close

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Among the 2000 digital-only games no longer being purchasable once the PlayStation 3, PSP, and PS Vita console stores close; 138 will be lost.

In October 2020, SIE announced the PlayStation Store on browser and mobile would no longer sell PlayStation 3, Portable, or Vita games; after the new browser store launched.

On March 29th, the old browser PlayStation Store was now effectively shut down; while users had got around the late October 2020 cut-off via region-specific URLs, the website began to redirect to the new store on March 27th.

Later on March 29th, Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) quietly confirmed the closing dates for the console stores as well. Several PlayStation Vita developers stated learned this at the same time as the general public; with some still working the morning of the announcement.

Now, VideoGamesChronicle (VGC) has compiled the 138 games that will be truly lost once the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Portable console stores close July 2nd, followed by PlayStation Vita on August 27th. These games are only available digitally, via PlayStation Now, or only had a non-English physical release (such as Japan).

VGC also note that some games are already gone in some territories. β€œLumines Supernova, for example, was pulled from the EU store in 2017 but is still available in North America.”

Highlights include the now restructured Sony Japan Studio’s The Last Guy, where players must rescue people in top-down maps of real major cities from hordes of monsters and zombies. Music-based platformer LocoRoco: Midnight Carnival also faces the axe, along with spin-off action-adventure expansion Infamous: Festival of Blood, and several Armored Core games.

You can find VGC’s full list below.
PlayStation 3
  • Armageddon Riders
  • Blast Factor
  • Bomberman Ultra
  • Carnivores: Dinosaur Hunter HD
  • Catan
  • Comet Crash
  • Crash Commando
  • Datura
  • Eat Them!
  • Echochrome II
  • Funky Lab Rat
  • Hamster Ball
  • High Stakes on the Vegas Strip: Poker Edition
  • High Velocity Bowling
  • Infamous: Festival of Blood
  • Kung-Fu Live
  • The Last Guy
  • Legasista
  • Linger in Shadows
  • Lumines Supernova
  • Magic Orbz
  • Magus
  • Novastrike
  • PixelJunk 4am
  • PixelJunk Racers
  • Planet Minigolf
  • Punisher: No Mercy
  • Rain
  • Savage Moon
  • Spelunker HD
  • Super Rub a Dub
  • Supersonic Acrobatic Rocket-Powered Battle-Cars
  • Tales from Space: About a Blob
  • Trash Panic
  • Wakeboarding HD
Editor’s Note: One listing is for No Heroes Allowed! on PlayStation Portable. This may be Holy Invasion of Privacy, Badman! What Did I Do To Deserve This? (known as No Heroes Allowed! in Japan), which is part of the series which would become the PlayStation 4 VR title No Heroes Allowed!
PlayStation Portable
  • 101-in-1 Megamix
  • Ape Quest
  • Armored Core: Last Raven Portable
  • Armored Core: Silent Line Portable
  • Armored Core 3 Portable
  • Beats
  • Black Rock Shooter – The Game
  • Brandish: The Dark Revenant
  • Carnage Heart EXA
  • Cho Aniki Zero
  • Cladun: This is an RPG!
  • Creature Defense
  • Crimson Room: Reverse
  • Dissidia 012 Prologus: Final Fantasy
  • Go! Puzzle
  • Gravity Crash Portable
  • Hot Shots Shorties Blue Pack
  • Hot Shots Shorties Green Pack
  • Hot Shots Shorties Red Pack
  • Hot Shots Shorties Yellow Pack
  • I am an Air Traffic Controller Airport Hero Tokyo
  • Kurulin Fusion
  • LocoRoco: Midnight Carnival
  • NeoGeo Heroes: Ultimate Shooting
  • No Heroes Allowed!
  • Numblast
  • Patchwork Heroes
  • Piyotama
  • Savage Moon: The Hera Campaign
  • Super Stardust Portable
  • Susume Tactics!
  • Talkman Travel: Paris
  • Talkman Travel: Rome
  • Talkman Travel: Tokyo
  • Thexder Neo
PlayStation Vita
  • Battle Rockets
  • Bodycheck
  • Boss!
  • Breakquest Extra Evolution
  • Chronovolt
  • Coconut Dodge Revitalised
  • Die!Die!Die!
  • Earth Defense Force 2017 Portable
  • Ecolibrium
  • Floating Cloud God Saves the Pilgrims HD!
  • Flying Hamster HD
  • Frobisher Says!
  • Furmins
  • The HD Adventures of Rotating Octopus Character
  • Indoor Sports World
  • Jungle Rumble Freedom Happiness and Bananas
  • Kilka Card Gods
  • Knobswitch
  • Lemmings Touch
  • Let’s Fish! Hooked On
  • Licky The Lucky Lizard Lives Again
  • Magical Beat
  • Malicious Rebirth
  • Maliya
  • Men’s Room Mayhem
  • Monsterbag
  • Murasaki Baby
  • Nekoburo Cats Block
  • Ninja Usagimaru: Two Tails of Adventure
  • Open Me!
  • Orgarhythm
  • Pinball Heroes Complete
  • PlayStation Vita Cliff Diving
  • PlayStation Vita Fireworks
  • PlayStation Vita Table Soccer
  • PulzAR
  • Puzzle by Nikoli V Slitherlink
  • Puzzle by Nikoli V Sudoku
  • Reel Fishing Masters Challenge
  • Ring Run Circus
  • Run Like Hell!
  • Sketchcross
  • Sokoban Next
  • Squares
  • Stardrone Extreme
  • Stranded a Mars Adventure
  • Sumioni: Demon Arts
  • Super Stardust Delta
  • Surge Deluxe
  • Table Ice Hockey
  • Table Mini Golf
  • Table Top Racing
  • Table Top Tanks
  • The Hungry Horde
  • TXK
  • Vitamin Z
  • Z-Run
PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita
  • Bentley’s Hackpack
  • Big Sky Infinity
  • Deathmatch Village
  • Doctor Who: The Eternity Clock
  • Foosball 2012
  • Germinator
  • Gravity Crash
  • Motorstorm RC
  • Ms Germinator
  • Murasaki Mist Akara’s Journey
  • When Vikings Attack!
This is not all however. VGC also previously reported that around 2000 digital-only games would be affected by the store closure. However, the majority of these are available on other platforms (with the aforementioned 138 being truly lost outside of emulation or having a physical Japanese release).

VGC’s estimates the total digital games affected include 730 PlayStation 3 games, around 630 Vita games, β€œa small number” of PSP games, 293 PlayStation Minis, 336 PS2 Classics, and around 260 PS1 Classics on PSP and Vita.

With the impending dissolution of many classic games, what have been some of your fond memories of the PlayStation 3, PSP, and Vita? Let us know in the comments below.
 

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Ashes to ashes... I was really impressed with Bomberman when I first saw it on the PS3
 

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I lost hope when Spartacus Legends' servers were suddenly cut off and the game fell into eternal oblivion.

I won a championship and was probably one of the best players in the whole world - I don't use to say this, I'm usually an average-to-decent player, and just good in a fistful of them.

Some of the games from those lists could be still playable via RPCS3. Some others like Darkspore or Spartacus, they erased them from existence.

But yeah. Emulate whatever you can and save a copy of the ROM / ISO / CD before they destroy it.
 

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For the Vita at least, all firmware versions are hacked so you can install some software that lets you fake the authentication and make/play backups of your games.
 

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very disappointed. Infamous festival of blood was a great spinoff, and worthy of playing. Shame it will not be enjoyed in the future.
 

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Port them to pc
 

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So apparently you can still download games you purchased? I still have RPGs I wanted to play, so that's good, I guess. Why would they shutdown a store that makes them money? It seems like the cost of keeping the storefront running on a platform that isn't updated would be pretty low - like they don't have to do anything. They're probably going to shutdown downloads at some point. I always thought it was Jewy that they would make you pay for separate ports of PS1 games for the PSP, PS3, PS4. I guess it's time to look into custom firmware hacks for the PSP.
 

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I an more than sure all these games can be torrented right now.
 

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Has it really been that long?

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From what I heard if you own the game you will still be able to download it. You just can't buy anymore. So whatever you want to buy you should do it now or go get a used physical copy. I have a Vita but I mostly use it for PS1 games and I got an emulator on USB drive for that now. So all I have to do is go get the games from a ROM site.

They kept the PS3 supported for nearly a decade after it's relevancy was gone. Sony killed the Vita with those stupid memory cards. Instead of just using a regular SD or mini SD card you had to buy these overpriced cards made by Sony. No one bought it so it didn't get any games. I have a few Vita games I bought used and I hardly ever play them. The only one I have played recently is the God of War collection.
 

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So apparently you can still download games you purchased? I still have RPGs I wanted to play, so that's good, I guess. Why would they shutdown a store that makes them money? It seems like the cost of keeping the storefront running on a platform that isn't updated would be pretty low - like they don't have to do anything. They're probably going to shutdown downloads at some point. I always thought it was Jewy that they would make you pay for separate ports of PS1 games for the PSP, PS3, PS4. I guess it's time to look into custom firmware hacks for the PSP.
If you haven't noticed Sony is in a fuck ton of trouble.


They just announced a while back that many of their exclusives will be getting ported to the PC. Exclusives like Days Gone, God of War, Uncharted and the PC already has Horizon Zero Dawn. Basically there is no reason to buy a Sony peasant box unless you can't afford a PC for gaming or you are so nigger tier lazy you don't want to build one yourself much cheaper.
 

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Sony's forcing its PS3 customers to undergo a two-step verification process.

Not to mention, it's actually not working for a few people out there. Infuriating.


 

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Turns out, they also happened to reverse the decision to close down their store after considerable backlash.
 

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